Paul Villinski is an American artist who turned an ordinary FEMA trailer into a solar- and wind-powered studio. He’s dubbed it the Emergency Response Studio. You’d be able to live and work in it.
They took a used FEMA trailer and completely re-did it with green materials and creative ideas. With all of the solar panels and the wind turbine there’s enough to power everything. One of my favorite features is the sun room, which you won’t find in any RV.
In addition, I’ve never seen a trailer with so much open space. On one side there’s a pop out with clear finish (twin-wall polycarbonate) so light comes through easily. The “sun dome” on the opposite side has a wall that folds out completely and and gives you instant outdoor space.
This can be used as a small stage for speaking, display area for merchandise or simply a deck. So let’s check it out. Here’s Paul next to the finished product.
FEMA Trailer Turned Off-Grid Solar Cabin
The clear pop out helps it feel like a sun room inside but it also can work as passive solar heating when pointed in the right direction.
They used twin-wall polycarbonate, which is clear, to replace the normal RV siding.
Next is the geodesic dome, which I’ve never seen before on an RV.
The dome opens up the space making it feel larger.
That’s where the power from the solar panels are stored. Would be cool to put some colorful LED lighting down there.
This wall, as you probably have already figured out, completely folds down.
Plus you get to have a deck. 🙂
So come take a look at more of the inside starting with the kitchen below.
Here’s a view from the little bedroom looking back at the kitchen.
Looks cozy and there’s storage up top.
Check out the shower… It can be a squeeze for some to get in but was necessary for design.
By the way, here’s what the trailer looked like originally.
And here it is today…
The photo below shows you some of the supporters who helped make this project possible.
List of supporters: Advanced Solar Power, Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, Build It Green! NYC, Evergreen Solar, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Forbo Flooring Systems, Global Green USA, Green Depot, Greenhouse Capital Partners, GRK Fasteners, GroSolar, Adam Lewis, Robert Mason with Anthony Dalo Woodworking, Morgan LEhman Gallery, Out Back Power Systems, Smyth and Fong Plyboo, Socrates Sculpture Park and Gregg Wagner (architect).
What do you think about the Emergency Response Studio project? Speak your mind in the comments.
Photo Credits: Paul Villinski